Yesterday was a 7-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I enjoyed a good 30-minute elliptical workout, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
My Tuesday wasn't a bad one at all. I try to stay mindful about the things I'm doing and how they help create how I'm feeling on any particular day. The star system of assigning points to the individual elements of my daily practice really helps me see things more clearly. When I hit six or seven stars for a particular day, that typically means I've personally prepared all my meals and I've exercised--and rarely do I have a 7-star day where I feel blah. It certainly doesn't stop me from stringing together several 4-star days, which isn't the worst thing in the world, but I can do better--or wait, let me rephrase that...I can feel better. I can intentionally choose actions that support a more positive mental state.
One of the things I'm always working on is self-image stuff. It isn't all about the physical, although when I look at "before" pictures it reminds me of the self-limiting thoughts and labels I've clung to over the years. One of the "mental gymnastics" things I do involves looking at a picture like the one above and intentionally making an inventory of positive things about me at that point in time. When I do this, it helps me find the core elements of me regardless of my size. It's a powerful exercise. The only rule for this exercise: If a negative thought pops in my head I must start over.
Make no mistake, the physical transformation is honestly the least of it--the biggest transformations along this road involve the mental, emotional, and spiritual. It's a daily practice and it isn't always easy. But it's worth the effort.
View this post on InstagramLast night's dinner was colorful. Big side dish of sweet potato, red onion, and red pepper-pan prepared with olive oil cooking spray. Entire side dish (2 srv) just over 300 cal., with OOspray cal, 355 total. #splashofcolor #satisfyingmeal #foodplan #dailypractice Enjoying the food plan is critically important! #simplecooking
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Practice, peace, and calm,
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